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    Need advice on first saltwater/reef tank

    Discussion in 'General Salt' started by elbereth, Apr 16, 2018.

    1. elbereth

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      I hoping to set-up my first saltwater aquarium within the next month and need some advice on tank size. I'm looking at two options right now: a 10 and a 30 gallon. I definitely want some soft corals and ocellaris (more than two if possible). One or two other fish species, such as a goby or Kaudern's cardinalfish, would be a plus. A seahorse pair would be lovely but I don't know if they can kept in a tank that small. I'm curious as to how many fish I can stock in one size versus the other; i.e. will the 30 gallon allow me to keep significantly more fish? (Because otherwise I'll use it for my african cichlids.) Please give me your stocking ideas! Thanks!
       
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      30 gal would be much better, I don't recommend sea horses but how about the following in a tank with sand substrate and little bit of live rock :1 banded serpent star, a pair of clowns,mushroom coral,1 yellow watchman,and a golden sailfin molly
       
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      @tlindsey@tlindsey was on the salt side and maybe have some input.
       
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      Are seahorses difficult to keep in aquaria? I could give those up if that's what it would take to make the 10 gallon work. (It actually comes out to about 12 gallons. Not that the extra 2 gallons make a big different, lol.)

      I don't think I want starfish and I'd rather get a second goby species, a firefish or a basslet instead of the molly. I like the look of orange stripe prawn and court jester gobies. Would those have similar requirements to a yellow watchman?

      Would the following plans be realistic?
      12 gallons: 2 or 3 soft corals, ocellaris pair, 1 goby
      or 30 gallons: 4 or 5 corals, ocellaris pair, 2 goby species, 1 or 2 firefish
       
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      At the time I had a 45 gallon custom made aquarium and decided to turn it into a reef setup I learned as much as possible from the lfs I was employed at. Did not have internet just books and magazines . Seahorses,Mandarin Goby require a constant food source from live rock. Seahorses can be trained to eat frozen Mysis shrimp. I suggest doing thorough research be patient don't rush into it.
       
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      Thanks tlindsey. I'm researching now and certainly wouldn't buy an animal before I know enough about it. But I wanted to choose a tank size and get the cycling started while I finalize the species list. My question has more to do with what tank size would be the better option given the species I'd like to keep.
       
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      The 30 would be better, most gobies aren't hard to keep.
       
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      Thanks everyone. I'll probably go with the 30 gallon then. Now what to do with my 10 gallon tank...
       
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